My wife Leonie and I have been serving our Lord Fulltime for nearly twenty five years since spending three years at BCNZ (now Laidlaw College, Henderson.)
It was a big call following our conversion experiences in our early thirties and a response to fulfilling my boyhood dream to be a "Missionary".
Giving up employment and selling our home I had built eight years previously to pay our way, was a big decision, yet it simply seemed the right thing to do and New Zealand became my mission field. I guess we still operate under that experience of assurance as we continue to find God meets our needs and more.
Three married daughters gives us five grandchildren to learn how to be better parents, and a son who is a builder, is my assurance that I will also get to build a retirement house one day, God willing.
Now in our forth Anglican Parish I have been blessed and challenged many, many, many, many times. Yet despite these things, I am far from expecting to merit Heaven by them. But in the words of the Apostle Paul in a letter to the Philippian church I continue to want to know Christ even more and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like Him in his death, and so, somehow attain to the resurrection from the dead.
I enjoy the outdoors immensely both as a place to come close with God and keep the physical body in tune as well. Leonie and I enjoy this together and have experienced great tramps around NZ and even walked the Camino De Santiago Pilgrim trail in Spain together (2012.) We also enjoy gardening and “keeping home,” being in touch with the extended family and catching up with old friends.
What do we bring to the table in our ministry?
For me, it is an enduring passion to see productive life giving good works; good works of kindness, charity, mercy, and public spirit to the lost, the least and the last.
Spirit filled worship and prayer are a duty born out of gratitude for an awesome God of love and mercy, but these things are hollow if they are not seen in the flesh amongst my neighbours. Leonie. She brings the beauty of presence and the grace to the faith and works that I lack, so we can make a good team.
As I shepherd this Parish, I am mindful that there is a rising awareness among church leaders in the western world (including our Bishop) of the need for churches to be more world aware and mission focussed. The absolute necessity of this cannot be questioned; the church is struggling to make an impact in the Western World. But greater outwardness will not necessarily solve the profound challenges before us. Without a communal centre, a church will never aspire to a greater sense of mission. And without healthy community the Gospel cannot be demonstrated to a watching world.
We aspire for this balance of Church and Community.
As the Parish Vicar I would be privileged to share more of the goodness of God freely given and demonstrated by His Son Jesus Christ.
To help discover the purpose God has for you in your live, to be changed from the centre of your being as the Holy Spirit transforms your mind and heart. Why not taste and see!
Steve and Leonie Kimberley.